Identifying Kosher Foods: Decipher the Labels

Identify Kosher Foods with ZaydesIt may seem intimidating at first, but identifying kosher and pareve foods is simple once you know some basic guidelines and identifying markings. Since you’re keeping Kosher, it’s important to be able to identify which foods are safe and which ones need to stay at the store.

Kosher Identifiers

Kosher foods follow a few very important guidelines. First and foremost, they have to come from a certified body like a Rabbi in order to qualify. Kosher law dictates that there is to be no consumption of forbidden animals – pigs, camels, and hares – in any capacity. Additionally, meat and dairy cannot be mixed. Fruits and veggies are totally fine, though they must be inspected for bugs and insects – all of which are forbidden.

Kosher foods are labeled as “meat,” “dairy,” or “neutral.” A letter “P” on food packaging denotes that something is pareve – meaning it has no meat or dairy in it. In the United States, there are four main regulating bodies, each with their own symbol for kosher. If you see an OU, Kof-K, OK, or Star-K marking on food packaging, you know it’s certified kosher.

Pareve is a Yiddish word that simply refers to food that has no meat or dairy in it. And while pavere foods may not be kosher in themselves, knowing whether something has meat or dairy products in it is an important consideration when figuring out if something is acceptable for a kosher diet.

Let Us Help

Identifying kosher foods is easy once you get the markings and rules for kosher eating memorized. If you’d rather have the work done for you, Zayde’s Kosher Catering creates some of the most delicious kosher cuisine in all of Central Florida which comes in handy when you’re cooking for family on special occasions or hosting an event where kosher food is necessary. You’ll be pleased with the beautiful and creative plates Chef Michael creates for you at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. For more information call us at 407-996-0250.

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